autumn unconfined

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“Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined, and spreads a common feast for all that live.” ~James Thomson

This morning my friend Jen and I met for an early breakfast at Caribou and a nature walk photo shoot. We’d been wanting to photograph autumn for a couple weeks, and today was a great day for it. There’s an amazing path through the woods that leads to the top of Sorin’s Bluff, only a block away from my house, and I swear it’s enchanted. The breeze whispering poetry as it plays with the leaves on the trees. The rich, sultry scents of woodsmoke, moss, damp earth. Leaves that make a delightful crunch underfoot, releasing the smell of Rooibos tea brewing. Shades of red, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, frosty purple and stained glass greens and blues. Colors and hues that could only be part of nature’s palette. Autumn unconfined. The season that flirts with the senses. My favorite time of year.


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  10 comments for “autumn unconfined

  1. jennifer wicke
    October 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    I had a great time and cannot wait to do it again! Your pics are amazing!

    • Melissa
      October 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I had a great time too! Thanks for a beautiful morning! xoxo

  2. October 25, 2011 at 7:16 am

    beautiful pix Melissa! what an awesome area to roam and smell the oncoming fall season (my favorite!!) thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa
      October 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Thanks, Maria! xoxo

  3. Heidi
    October 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Ahh… jealous. I’m sitting here looking out my office window- blue skies, brown dirt. LOL! We do have some ‘trees’…;)

    What a lovely prose. 😀

    • Melissa
      October 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks for commenting sweet lady 😉

  4. October 26, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I can just imagine how peaceful and renewing it would be to walk through these woods. Really in need of some stress relief right now and virtual is ok, but the real thing would be even better!

    • Melissa
      October 26, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      It was a beautiful morning with one of my best girls 🙂 Breakfast out and a photo shoot in the woods was exactly what I needed to relieve some stress too. The point of both of my books and my blog are to give women (and men too) permission to pamper themselves, even if it’s only for 15 minutes a day. Treat yourself to a bubble bath and a cup of tea.


  5. October 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Lovely! Wonderful photos.

    • Melissa
      October 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm


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